by Michael Hoffman — (Amazon.com book reviews) March 23, 2014
One example: look at how Gordis treats the Deir Yassin massacre (see p. 75). He says accounts of the massacre are “hotly contested.” In other words, the truth cannot be ascertained.
Gordis whitewashes the massacre, a war crime atrocity which is one chapter in the Israeli holocaust of the Palestinians. This type of holocaust denial will not land the denier in jail. There is not even a plaque marking the site of the Deir Yassin massacre.
Never forget? When it comes to Israeli slaughters of Palestinians it is incumbent on us to forget in order to qualify as morally respectable in western eyes.
Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun, among whom was Mr. Gordis’ hero Menachem Begin, and members of the Stern Gang, attacked Deir Yassin, an Arab village. It was several weeks before the end of the British Mandate and the declaration of the State of Israel.